"And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20
There are 2.8 billion people on the planet who not only do not have the gospel, but they have no feasible way of obtaining the gospel. They live in 6000 groups that have no incarnation of the Church. No indigenous pastors. No local evangelists. No Bible schools. No seminaries. No ministries. Period.
And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” Romans 15:20-21
Our motto here at Grace Chapel is to love God and love people. What better demonstration of this than to share the gospel with those who have never heard? It is the conviction of the elder board that the bulk of our missions effort should be devoted toward the proclamation of the gospel where Christ has not been named.
HOW TO ACCOMPLISH THIS
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8
Our goal in mission is simple: Church planting among unreached people groups. We see three main steps to achieve this goal.
Step One: Sending of qualified cross-cultural missionaries to learn, translate, and evangelize the unreached.
Step Two:Equipping pastors among unreached people groups and the impoverished church.
Step Three: Sending of qualified personnel to support in administration, logistics, & education.
These are accomplished by two main methods: long term and short term missions. Long term missions is the sending of a person or a team of people to go to a people group and live there among them. They then help the spread of the gospel through various means while focusing on the end goal of establishing a thriving church that is led by indigenous believers. Short term missions is when a person or group of people take a trip that ranges from a weekend to a few months to help support a long term missions movement in an area. The goal of short term missions is not only to provide valuable support to the local missionaries but to help the people who went to learn more about what it means to be in long term missions.
Grace Chapel supports many long term missionaries and also organizes and sends many short term missions teams. We have sent groups on short term trips to The Philippines, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic and more.
Short Term Missions in 2017 from Grace Chapel:
• Trip to the Czech Republic with the purpose of evangelizing High School and College-aged students through English as a Second Language. July 6 -26
To learn more about our missionaries or how you can participate in long term or short term missions, please contact Pastor Cliff.
THOSE CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS THIS GOAL:
Benevidez Family - Philippines
Josh, his wife Anne, and their two children, Lois and Josiah, lead the Extreme Response Regional Office in Asia, which exists “to change lives of people living in extreme and many times life-threatening situations.” Their ministries include leadership development, a Children's Home, disaster response, rehabilitation and meeting the needs of the poor locally.
Alan & Anna Berthiaume - Boston, Massachusetts
Alan and Anna met while he was on staff at Grace Chapel and were married here before being called to serve in a local church in the UK from 2009 - 2015. In 2015 they followed The Lord's call to church plant in the greater Boston area where they now minister among America's most secular people. Their son Silas was born in 2013.
Kevin & Jodi Berthiaume - Cardiff, Wales
Kevin served on staff at Grace Chapel from 2003 - 2012. His various ministry roles prepared him, his wife Jodi and four kids to answer the call to move to Cardiff, Wales in 2012. They came alongside a young pastor and his wife in order to establish children’s, youth and family ministries in their church. Kevin and Jodi are passionate about strengthening the Christians of a post-Christian Britain and reaching the lost for Christ.
Berna Bone - Serving in Asia
Russ & Gina Cline - Global
Russ and Gina Cline left Grace Chapel in 1994 to move to Ecuador and begin the work of Youth World International. They returned to Southern California 16 years later to expand their work with Extreme Response International, working with 30 strategic partners in 13 countries. Russ does leadership coaching and directing the expanding work throughout Asia. Gina is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern using these skills to come alongside global leaders providing professional counseling & support. Click on the name to email
Shelbey & Rachel Hunt - SIM International, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Shelbey and Rachel were seeking to become missionaries in Japan but ended up in South Carolina instead. Shelbey has taken the position of Digital Media Editor for SIM International where he supports over 1,800 missionaries in more than 65 countries using his film, graphic arts and social media skills. Rachel serves on the hospitality staff at SIM USA primarily working in food services feeding the many missionaries and their families that come for training and furloughs. They still plan on pursuing a follow-on mission journey to Japan after their initial two year term at SIM. The Hunt's Blog
Joanna Kreiger - Tanzania, Africa
Joanna serves with New Tribes Mission. She is learning the national culture and language (Swahili) and is a member of a NTM Tanzania’s Service Team, assisting NTM families as they transition to life on the field, etc. Ultimately, Lord willing, she will join a tribal church-planting team and move in among an unreached people group. Joanna's Blog
Kathryn Kreiger - Asia Pacific
Kathryn works with NTM (New Tribes Mission) and is currently serving on a missionary support team in a large coastal town in Asia Pacific, assisting new missionary families adjust well to their new home while studying the national language & culture. She is also involved in a local national church and seeks to be a light for Christ in her majority-Muslim neighborhood.
In the future, Kathryn looks forward to joining a tribal church-planting team and moving to a more remote location to take the Gospel to one of Asia Pacific’s many unreached people groups.
Brant & Laura McGlothlin - England
Brant and Laura serve with TeachBeyond: transformational education services, providing pastoral care and coaching for teachers, dorm parents, and support staff in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. TeachBeyond wholeheartedly desires to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.
Sasha & Oksana Ostantsev - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Sasha pastors a small church plant in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. They have three kids.
Joe & Lori Pent - Costa Rica
Joe and Lori work to provide a special Christian camping experience for thousands of children and adults through La Montana Christian Camps (LAMA). Using the multiplication concept of barrio group evangelism and discipleship/camping programs, LAMA began to develop a premier Christian camp that would endeavor to work through the local church in reaching Costa Rica for Christ.
Stuart & Sheny Salazar - Guatemala
As regional directors for the Association of Christian Schools International in Latin America, Stuart and Sheny provide resources and training for the development of more than 2,000 schools and 10,000 teachers in Mexico, Central & South America and the Caribbean.
Dima & Valya Stepanov - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Dima and Valya Stepanov work for New Life (the Russian arm of Cru). He leads the Russian team in Krasnoyarsk in outreach and sports ministry. They are also planting a church in the city and have four kids.
Juan & Maria Trejo - Pajacuarán, México
In 2014 the Lord called the Trejos to Central Mexico for the purpose of planting a church in a city and surrounding towns which have no evangelical church. They are actively involved in evangelism and discipleship. Email the Trejo's at
Zach & Kara Zegan - Prague, Czech Republic
Zach and Kara serve with Josiah Venture, an organization which seeks to see a movement of God among the youth of Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. Both work with their local Czech church and facilitate outreach events in Czech schools to connect the 98%-atheist youth to local pastors and churches.
Eric & Heather - Arabian Penisula
Eric & Heather and their five children live in the heart of the 10/40 window, the least-reached region of the world. With the goal of seeing the gospel spread through the church in places where it has never been heard, Eric trains pastors and church planters as Academic Dean and Bible Professor at a seminary in one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. To receive their email prayer updates, you can sign up Here
El Sauzal Orphanage - Baja, Mexico
For more than 40 years, the El Sauzal Orphanage has provided a safe and caring refuge for the abused, abandoned, and parentless children in the Ensenada region of Northern Baja California. This home for the homeless has been a faithful witness to Christ’s love through the Espinoza family, the staff, and the friends of the orphanage.
World Impact -
World Impact is a Christian missions organization committed to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping, and empowering the under-resourced urban poor. Several members of our church family serve at The Oaks, a ministry of World Impact, which it resources the West Coast city ministries.
Contact Jared & Kim MeidalHere Contact Mario & Heather CurradoHere
RECOMMENDED READING FOR MISSIONS
Let the Nations be Glad – John Piper
The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor – Grubb
C.T.Studd – Cricketer and Pioneer – Grubb
Goforths of China – Benge
Against the Tide - Kinnear
Shadow of the Almighty – Elizabeth Elliot
End of the Spear – Saint
The Great Omission – Saint
Brucko – Olson
Peace Child – Richardson
Lords of the Earth – Richardson
Eternity in Their Hearts – Richardson
Jerusalem to Irian Jaya – Tucker
The Book that Transforms Nations – Cunningham
Secret Believers – Brother Andrew
The Church is Bigger Than You Think - Johnstone
Operation World – Patrick Johnstone
The Future of the Global Church – Johnstone
Missionary Methods – St. Paul’s or Ours? - Allen
The Master Plan of Evangelism and Discipleship – Coleman
Ministering Cross-Culturally – Lingenfelter
The New Testament Order for Church and Missionary – Hay
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement – Winter
Serving as Senders – Pirolo
Culture: the Missing Link in Missions – Teague
Today’s Tentmakers – Wilson